Confident Conversations

Plan, manage, and conduct challenging conversations more confidently and competently.

Most of us will, from time to time, need to hold a difficult conversation with a colleague, manager, or member of staff. Challenging topics for conversations can include performance issues, dismissal or redundancy, interpersonal clashes, unwanted criticism, or other aspects of someone’s conduct, including allegations of bullying or poor treatment.

Our Confident Conversations course shows you how to plan, initiate, and manage a more positive discussion about any sensitive topic: helping you stay in control of both sides of the interaction and ensuring that you can set and achieve your objective for the conversation.

At a glance...

  • 1-day course
  • Face-to-face or online
  • For 6 to 12 delegates
  • Pre-course consultation
  • Delivered by expert trainers
  • Fully-customised materials
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  • Manage discussions around sensitive subjects

  • Listen well, respond appropriately, and provide feedback

  • Plan, structure, and conduct challenging conversations

Why train with us?

Tailored course materials

We carry out an in-depth pre-course consultation with you prior to delivery, and then tailor the materials and case scenarios to those specific requirements.

Trained by real mediators

All of our trainers are practising mediators with many years of experience. They are also certified adult educators, meaning you’re in capable hands during your training!

ISO:9001 quality standard

ISO-9001 is the internationally-recognised standard for quality management. You can be sure that all of our training will be carried out in an efficient and quality-focused manner.

Lifetime post-course support

At any point following your training, you can get in touch with us to discuss queries and ask for advice. We can also provide you with any forms or documents that you might need.

About UK Mediation

About the course

This one-day short skills course increases your confidence and competence in having difficult conversations.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

Confident Conversations covers everything you need to be able to plan, manage and conduct challenging conversations.

This includes:

Our trainers have a wealth of practical experience and are able to adapt the course content to the make-up of the particular group.

All of our courses are live interactive events run by a practising mediator who is an expert in the field.

This course includes a combination of:

The course is delivered face-to-face at your location, or online via Zoom or Teams, where we can use custom-made video material, run small-group exercises, and take part in some case simulations.

What our learners say

"This training was very useful. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt how to deal with problematic conversations around issues of difference such as age, gender & ethnicity."
Camilla Capotorto Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
"This has been a fantastic course! The trainer was engaging, clear, and really encouraged the group to take part. I have also learnt some useful skills that will become an important part of my tool kit at work."
Marie-Claire Flavin Royal Surrey County Hospital
"Absolutely brilliant course and very useful. The role play to practise the skills was invaluable and offered chance for reflection."
Kathy Reeve University Hospitals of Coventry & Warwickshire
"The trainer has provided me with the knowledge and examples of why, when and how certain situations should or could be handled to receive positive or amicable outcomes. I have thoroughly enjoyed this short course."
Lee Carneson University of Stirling
"I liked the way that the trainer took a situation and made everyone think about it from a different point of view, with the outcome having a stronger message in an appropriate language and setting."
Claire Ozdag Operis

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Course FAQs

We understand that you may have some queries about the course’s content or about how the training is delivered.

We’ve gathered together some of the most Frequently Asked Questions and have answered them below.

Who should attend this course?

This one-day course is ideal for those who may have to deal with challenging conversations from time to time. This could include disciplinaries, appraisals, or even quiet words over someone's behaviour. We have delivered this course for HR staff, team leaders and managers, and senior workers on the frontline.

Will I be a mediator after doing this course?

No, this course is part of our 'Conflict Competence for Leaders' suite and therefore does not incorporate mediation skills. This programme will instead equip managers and leaders with the confidence and competence to address challenging conversations.

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